Albert Normandin was born in the French Canadian community of Maillardville on the outskirts of Vancouver, B.C.
At an early age, Albert was fascinated with making images using a Kodak Brownie box camera. In his teenage years he was distracted by a mechanical urge to take things apart and make them go faster, cars mainly. This eventually lead into a career as a technician in the graphic arts industry.
Photography was always around him as his cameras were being used to document many of the projects he worked on. In the back of his mind he knew that one day he would be a photographer.
After taking a workshop by Jay Maisel, Albert’s life took a dramatic shift. He ended a 10 year career as a technician, took a chance and bought a one way ticket to New York City with hopes of working for Maisel. Working many long days for Jay, he would take any spare moment and wander the streets of the city refining his street shooting skills.
Albert studied with Ernst Haas, Gregory Heisler, Douglas Kirkland and also at the International Center of Photography.
Putting in three and one half years with Maisel, he returned to his home town to begin his own photographic career.
Since returning to Vancouver, Albert has had the pleasure of working for all types Advertising and Corporate clients. This client list includes Air Canada, Beck’s Beer, Canada Post, Caterpillar, Century 21, CN Rail, Four Seasons Hotels, Fuji Film, General Motors, Milton Bradley, Petro-Canada, Starbucks, Syncrude Oil, Tourism British Columbia, University of British Columbia.
Recent movie projects include working on The Great Wall of China for “Heart of a Dragon” and a documentary in Malawi, Africa.
Numerous book projects including “Day in The Life of Canada”, “Expo Celebration” Expo ’86 and “Share the Flame” the Olympic Torch Run 1988.
Normandin’s personal work has taken him to some of the more remote parts of the world searching for tribal people and the landscapes they inhabit. Originally bringing large format panoramic cameras and now working with digital equipment.
Myanmar (Burma) has become his latest addiction, having done repeated trips to this Golden Land, digging deep into the culture of these kind and wonderful people.
His personal projects also include working with many talented modern/ballet dancers and models, experimenting with motion, beauty and light.
Albert continues to challenge himself with all types of photography including stop action and motion pictures. He is also sharing his experiences and skills by conducting lectures, seminars and workshops.
He also supports many worthy causes with his photography, including the ALS Society and several Aids relief organizations.
AR 100 Awards
Art Directors Club
Graphic Designers of Canada
New York Festival
Photo District News
Albert Normandin’s “One Woman Show” 1993.
Albert Normandin “Travels” 1997.
“Beauty in Hiding” 2001.
“In Your Eyes” 2003.
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Name: Albert Normandin
Occupation: Director of Photography and Other